Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified applicants based upon academic record, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. Financial need may also be considered.

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology currently has several graduate assistantships which it can award to first and/or second year students in speech-language pathology. The assistantships are awarded for one academic year at a time, but are generally renewed for a second year unless the student experiences academic difficulty or fails to carry out assistantship duties. The assistantship pays tuition (but not fees) during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, plus a stipend  for the Fall and Spring Semesters. Graduate Assistants are required to work a specified number of hours per week with the School.

Assistantships are generally awarded for the full academic year, beginning in August.

Please indicate your desire to be considered for financial assistance on the Graduate School application for admission. No additional application is required.


The Charlotte Essner Fellowship in Speech-Language Pathology is awarded for one academic year only. The fellowship pays 100% tuition for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The recipient receive a $5,000 stipend which is distributed in biweekly increments over the academic year. There is no work requirement, but the student must be enrolled full-time each semester in order to retain the award. Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have expressed an interest in financial aid, and application procedures and deadlines are the same as for admission.

The Dr. Yvonne M. Gillette and David S. Lathrop Fellowship in  Speech-Language Pathology was established in 2014 to support a two-year fellowship for a student with aspirations to achieve excellence in the area of augmentative- alternative communication (AAC).  The AAC Clinical Fellowship provides a stipend for year one of the fellow’s graduate program and will continue in year two contingent upon successful completion of the year one clinical fellowship activities. The fellow will also be eligible for a tuition waiver provided by The University of Akron.  Fellowship experiences, totaling up to 10 hours per week during the academic year, should include  1)practice management activities that assist supervisors in the AAC Clinic,  2)instructional support assisting the  instructor  of the online and live graduate course in AAC,  3)technical support to students during hands-on learning experiences,  4)technical support for devices such as on-line and phone support from manufacturers, 5)participation in research projects, and  6) other related clinical learning experiences. In addition, at least two clinical rotations of AAC evaluation and intervention experience will be provided.

Andrea Hamer Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is awarded every year in the memory of the late Andrea Hamer, a member of the SLP Graduate Class of 2007. An application essay and demonstrated need are required to be considered for this award.

Mary Coates Longerich Scholarship

This $500 scholarship, established in 1987, is awarded annually to a deserving student majoring in speech-language pathology. An application essay is required and recipients are selected by the faculty. 

Quota International of Massillon Scholarship

Quota International, Inc. is a service organization whose primary area of service is to people with speech and hearing impairments.  Quota International of Massillon offer two scholarships, each of which will be given to a student who is either deaf/hearing impaired, or who is pursuing a career in the field of speech and hearing or deaf education. Preference is given to students who reside in Stark County.

Sertoma Scholarships

Sertoma International, an international volunteer service organization, whose mission and passion "is to improve the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support."  Sertoma's Communicative Disorders Scholarship, funded by the Sertoma Annual Fund, is for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology from institutions in the U.S. These scholarships, worth $1,000 each, are awarded in the spring to help offset the cost of tuition, books and fees incurred during the following school year.  For more information to to

AMBUCS Scholarships

AMBUCS offers scholarships to students (U.S. citizens) in their junior/senior year in a bachelor’s degree program, or a graduate program leading to a master’s or doctoral degree. Awards range from $500 to $1,500 annually. There is one two-year award in the amount of $6,000. Award monies are deposited each semester to the student’s credit account with the financial aid office of the educational institution.Deadline for this application is April 15. For further information go to:

Other Funding

 Training opportunities for clinical specialization are also available from the School of Speech-Language Pathology. These vary depending upon funding obtained by the faculty to conduct research, development, and training activities. See "Specialization Training Programs" for the opportunities that are currently available.